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Decorating for Christmas

Decorating for Christmas can be such fun. I've enjoyed touring so many of your homes through your blogs. And I have to say, many of you go all out and are quite creative. You've given me some fresh new ideas for next year.

This is my tree fully decorated. We place it in our family room and most of the decorations have been accumulated over the years. Some were gifts from friends. Whenever we travel, I always look for a Christmas ornament to bring home and hang on the tree.

A close up of a few of the decorations.

This is our great room. The kitchen table is decorated with a Norwegian tablecloth that I got from my mom.

This is a close up picture of the tablecloth.

I guess I've combined American items with Norwegian. Bullwinkle seems to like the little Jule Nissen.

This is a book that I bring out each Christmas to read and reread. Lisa Whelchel does a great job writing about the meaning behind many of the traditions of Christmas, including caroling, lighting the tree and the meaning of Advent. It's written for children but I guess I'm still a big kid. I enjoy reading this one over and over.

I'm glad you came to visit me through my blog this Christmas season. Thank you for stopping by.

Debbie Petras
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  1. Your home looks beautiful! We do the same thing with ornaments! We buy one on each trip! It's so much fun to decorate the tree each year with these! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Debbie,

    Thanks for sharing your home and your Christmas decorations with us...everything looks just beautiful!

    Blessings to you, sweet friend.

  3. I LOVED viewing all your decorations. You have such a lovely home. Did you know I got to talk to Lisa Whelchel on the phone? I interviewed her last January for CWO (about threw up I was so nervous, but she is the kindest person you could ever talk to.)

    This Jan I got to interview someone EVEN bigger, I am beyond excited.

  4. I love your tree. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

  5. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us. It's all very lovely! May you have an awesomely blessed Christmas! Blessings...

  6. I love the norwegan table cloth. My husband is Sweedish. We use a Sweedish table runner on top of our piano. I don't think you can see it the pics though.

  7. Your home is lovely. I am going to have to go get that book, it sounds great.

  8. Being a kid is a good thing for our bodies, our minds and our souls. It means we are open to learning, trying, giving. A Merry Christmas to you, filled with the love of the infant Jesus.

  9. Ah, you have a fireplace to hang stockings! I must admit, that is one of the things I miss about my Christmas' back home - in Norway stockings are not a tradition because Julenisse (Santa) actually comes to your home and hands out the presents personally.

    But you have a very nice size tree!

    God jul!

  10. Dear Debbie,
    You have a spectacular, wonderful Christmas tree.
    So elaborate decorated. Wow.
    A good idea collecting Christmas items when traveling. My souvenirs mostly lye in the bottom of a drawer.
    These were beautiful figures.

    Also nice to see the julenisse in his old sweater. I have his cousin sitting in our window..
    Julenisser like to eat porridge.
    That's the theme on the tablecloth from your Mom.
    There are still people going out to the barn with porridge for the nisse Christmas Eve. Nowadays just for fun.
    And you've got to have the barn, of course.
    How good that you have brought your family roots to your new home as a part of your Christmas tradition.
    I am not familiar with the book.
    The idea of reading a little something about Christmas is pretty common in Norway.
    Besides books, the Norwegian Television also sends a program about Christmas for children every Advent day at 6 in the evening.
    I follow those programs closely.
    From Felisol
    PS We have stockings, but on our bedposts.
    In the night the 23rd my Mom will place a little something for us there.
    When Gunnar and Serina came, my Mom made them similar stockings as the one we've had from when we were children.
    We all still are children when it come to stockings.

  11. What a handsome Bullwinkle.
    I didn't know Lisa Welchel had this book out. I'm going to have to look for it.
    Thank you for your lovely tour. Please do stop by my place when you get a moment!


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